Charlie Edwards Also Claims Victory
The main event tonight, and its for the World Boxing Association Super, International Boxing Federation and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight Titles. “The Tartan Tornado” Josh Taylor (16-0) defends his titles against Apinun Khongsong (16-0). The challenger comes into the contest as a massive underdog but holds one more knockout on his professional record, and is very determined to shock the boxing world, stating he is too tough and too strong for Taylor.
The first round started cagey, with both fighters trying to find their range and in a blink of an eye, Taylor lands a left blow to the ribs and down went Khongsong, and stayed down or the 10 count. Round 1 knockout for Josh Taylor. Khongsong, stayed on the canvas for nearly 5 minutes after the count and once he did rise, he pointed out to his trainers the ribs and the place where it hurts.
“I felt the shot sank right in, I saw the uppercut coming and when he through the right hand, I threw the shot and felt it sink in.” Taylor said in the interview with Steve Bunce and BT Sports at ringside.
In the highly anticipated return of Charlie Edwards (15-1) he faced the tough Kyle Williams (11-2) for his first taste of boxing in the bantamweight division. Edwards sees his future in the super flyweight division after struggling to make the flyweight limits. Edwards struggled all the way through the 10 round contest to match the power of the bantamweight Williams but his skill and grit got Edwards through the contest and going the full 10 rounds in 18 months took the ring rust off. Williams was making Edwards miss and even started to taunt Edwards. The referee scored the contest 99-91 in favour of Charlie Edwards, and he returns from his 13 month absence from the ring with a points victory. After the fight Edwards said, “I see my future in the super flyweight division and will be challenging for a world title in that division.”
The first title fight of the evening was contested for the WBO European Super Bantamweight Title, by the defending champion David Oliver Joyce (12-1) and the challenger Ionut Baluta (13-2). The Romanian landed a vicious shot at the start of the second round and carried on with a 25 second burst of shots while Joyce was in the corner and Joyce had a little cut under the left eye. Baluta started the third round in the same fashion and landed a left hook which knocked down Joyce. After a standing eight count, Baluta went in for the finish and the referee stopped the fight. NEW EUROPEAN CHAMPION.
In the second four round contest of the evening, George Davey (2-0) faced Jeff Thomas (12-7-3) in the super welterweight division. Davey is another amateur talent that Queensberry promotions has signed recently, and won multiple titles including a Northern Area Title. Davey, boxed confidently and sharply, and his jab snapped in consistently. Thomas had a flash of brilliance towards the end of the second round, but again in the third Davey took over and controlled the action throughout. In the closing seconds Thomas landed a great left hook on Davey. The fight went the distance, and Davey won the fight 40-36, a very good performance and has a bright future.
In the opening contest of the evening Eithan James (3-0) took on Kris Pilkington (2-7-1) in a four round contest. James won five National titles, a gold medallist at the Commonwealth Youth games. His amateur record was 71 wins and 6 losses. In this contest, James used his height and reach advantage to frustrate Pilkington. In the fourth round, Pilkington closed the gap effectively and connected with a couple of good shots, but ultimately James won the contest 40-36 on points decided by the referee. In the professional ranks, Eithan James in four fights hasn’t lost a round.